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Department of Winds & Percussion


The Department of Winds and Percussion offers outstanding training to talented players of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Students receive thorough preparation for careers as soloists, chamber musicians, band and orchestra instrumentalists, and teachers.


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The Department's exceptional range and depth of programs provide the specialization and breadth of training to meet individual needs and the demands of today's music professions. At Michigan, private study with a major artist-teacher and intensive performance experience are the foundations for developing professional instrumentalists. Students give many public performances in orchestras, bands, and smaller ensembles under the direction of eminent faculty and guest conductors.




Nancy Ambrose King (Chair, oboe)

Kwasi Ampene (world performance)

Chad Burrow (clarinet)

William Campbell (trumpet)

Daniel Gilbert (clarinet)

Joseph Gramley (percussion)
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David Lee Jackson (trombone)

Fritz A. Kaenzig (tuba & euphonium)
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Jeffrey Lyman (bassoon)
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Timothy McAllister (saxophone)

Jonathan Ovalle (percussion)
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Amy Porter (flute)
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Tom Sherwood (percussion)

Adam Unsworth (horn)


Master class (2015) with Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic (Photo: Chris Lee)
UMS, SMTD and the New York Philharmonic Announce Details for 2017 MICHIGAN Residency

The New York Philharmonic residency will include performances, master classes, lectures, and workshops for SMTD students, including a side-by-side chamber concert. more

21st Century Artist Intern Alice Schmitz, who spent summer 2017 interning for The Knights, a Brooklyn-based orchestra
21st Century Artist Interns: 2017-18

After spending their summers working for top performing arts organizations, four undergraduates help promote their host organization's performances in Ann Arbor.  more

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Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD

Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16. more

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U-M Concert Band to Perform at North Central Division Conference

The U-M Concert Band has been invited to perform at the North Central Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.  more



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Tuesday, December 12 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventUndergraduate Concerto Competition Finals

Wednesday, January 3 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required

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SMTD logo for eventGuest Recital: Sarah Frisof, flute and Daniel Pesca, piano

Sunday, January 7 - 5:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

John Leahy, euphonium, and the Symphony Band
Symphony Band Oboe SectionBassoonists Christian Green, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick SouzaPercussionist Eliza KinneyAmanda Galick, fluteJonathan Ney, TrumpetHenry Stanley, TromboneDan Graser, SaxophoneJose Chan, ClarinetMcLain Pray, TubaUniversity Symphony Orchestra at Hill AuditoriumTim Abbott, contrabassoon, with the Symphony BandLuis Torres, senior Music Education Major in the U-M Horn Studio
"No other school within the university...give[s] you such a sense of community or belonging. We are constantly interacting with each other, bettering each other as we better ourselves...that 'relentless pursuit of excellence' we all desire and strive to achieve."
Scott Copeland, BM Trumpet Performance 2009

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